23 September 2005

The ABC Fiction Award

The competition seeks the best, original, unpublished, quality fiction manuscript, written by an Australian resident over the age of 18. The submitted manuscript cannot be under consideration by any other publisher or award.

To enter the 2005 competition you must lodge your entry to the ABC Fiction Award by Monday 26 September, 2005.

21 September 2005

Ruth Blair and David Owen at Watermark Literary Muster

The Watermark Literary Society's Literary Muster 2005 is happening soon (4-8 October 2005) featuring 21 writers, among them Tasmania's David Owen, editor of Island. Also featured is Ruth Blair.

"Over 5 days, participants will enjoy a variety of discussions, panel sessions, conversations, readings, nature excursions, book launches and shared meals."

20 September 2005

Tasmanian literary events from 24 Sept until 30 Nov

* 24 September Saturday 11-2pm at Friends' Meeting house FAW writing workshop with Gina Mercer, cost—$20 pay to ensure booking. Ring Liz 6272 9324 or ewin4692@bigpond.net.au

Creating Narrative Poems: Utilising our innate skills for creating and understanding the nature of story we will explore ways to infuse our poems with the raconteur's vivid energy. We will analyse several narrative poems and set about converting our most familiar stories into compact narrative poems that may be gripping, comic, sob-inducing or anything else we can imagine on the day. The possibilities of narrative poetry are enormous and diverse.

* 24 September Saturday 10 am–4 pm Room 405, Hytten Hall, University of Tasmania, French Street, Sandy Bay. DIY publishing course presented by Society of Editors Tasmania and ACYS Publishing (Uni of Tas). Info and reg. details at www.tas-editors.org.au

* 29th September Thursday 5.30pm Hobart Bookshop, launch of Ray Stuart's High Mountainous Country - No Reliable Information, Forty Degrees South; poetry on Papua New Guinea 1961-64 through the experiences of a young infantry officer with the Pacific Islands Regiment at Taurama, Manus, and Vanimo; and patrolling in the Gulf District of Papua.
Ray Stuart was born in Sydney, and now lives at Kersbrook in the Adelaide Hills. Individual works have been published over south-east Australia, the Northern Territory, and in the Friendly Street collections since 1994. His first collection 'To Fly Again' was published by Ginninderra Press in 2001.In 1999 Ray won the Satura Prize and in 2004 came 2nd in the inaugural Write Stuff Poetry Competition.For more information about Ray and his work visit his website: http://raystuart.bigpondhosting.com

* First Sunday in October: Ray Stuart will be a featured reader with James Charlton and Louise Oxley at the October Republic Readings, Republic Bar and Cafe, Elizabeth St. cnr Burnett St, North Hobart, 3pm-5pm

* 14-16 October Tasmanian Poetry Festival in Launceston. Guest list: Robert Adamson, Ian McBryde, Lauren Williams, Louise Oxley, Carolyn Fisher, Susan Kruss, Ron Riddell (from NZ) and Karen Knight. Contact Cameron : tpf_inc [AT] yahoo.com

* 20 November: Liz Winfield's next poetry workshop with Adult Education

* 30 November: The deadline for The Write Stuff Literary Competitions is extended to 30 November 2005. See details

IHOS Kultour Event: Dya Singh music group, at the Moonah Arts Centre

present a Kultour Event:

Dya Singh, in association with Nexus Multicultural Arts South Australia

Formed in 1992 Dya Singh has emerged as one of the most sought-after music groups in Australia.

The group performs using North Indian music as a starting point but takes a mystical journey through Ireland, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Middle East, Malaysia, Vietnam and back to Australia, the oldest continent on Earth.

Date: Saturday 24 September 2004
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St, Moonah
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
Duration: 2 hours
Bookings: Moonah Arts Centre 03 6214 7633

'The talent of the performers, the range of the music they played, the deep spirituality which infused their performance, all made this a memorable evening.' Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

19 September 2005

Shortlist for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

The Shortlist for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards:

The Shortlist for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2005 was announced on

Friday 16 September. Further details including reports from the judging panels are available at www.slv.vic.gov.au/pla The winners will be announced by the Premier at an Awards dinner to be held at Zinc , Federation Square on Monday 17 October. Master of Ceremonies is William McInnes. Inga Cledinnen is keynote speaker. Details on how to book are available on our website or by phoning Suzie Gasper on 03 8664 7016.

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2005


The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction

  • Surrender by Sonya Hartnett Viking/Penguin
  • Sixty Lights by Gail Jones Vintage/Random House
  • Affection by Ian Townsend Fourth Estate /Harper Collins

The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction

  • Degenerates and Perverts: The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller The Miegunyah Press / Melbourne University Publishing
  • Beach Crossings: Voyaging across Times, Cultures and Self by Greg Dening The Miegunyah Press / Melbourne University Publishing
  • Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev by Robert Dessaix Picador/Pan Macmillan
  • Joe Cinque’s Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law by Helen Garner Picador/Pan Macmillan
  • Bypass: The Story of a Road by Michael McGirr Picador/Pan Macmillan

The C J Dennis Prize for Poetry

  • < More or Less Than >1-100 by MTC Cronin Shearsman Books
  • Doppler Effect by John Kinsella Salt Publishing
  • Firelick by Morgan Yasbincek Fremantle Arts Centre Press

The Louis Esson Prize for Drama

  • The Frail Man by Anthony Crowley Playbox /Currency
  • Blowback by David Pledger Not Yet, It’s Difficult
  • The Spook by Melissa Reeves Company B. Belvoir St.
  • The Prize for Young Adult Fiction
  • The Running Man by Michael Gerard Bauer Omnibus Books
  • Secret Scribbled Notebooks by Joanne Horniman Allen & Unwin
  • So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld Penguin Books Australia

The Prize for Science Writing

  • The Land Of Flowers: An Australian Environment on the Brink by Irene Cunningham Otford Press
  • Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science by Elizabeth Finkel ABC Books
  • Astonishing Animals by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten Text Publishing
  • The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate
  • Living in a Material World by Randa Abdel-Fattah Griffith Review
  • ‘Kangaroo Court’: Family Law in Australia by John Hirst ‘Quarterly Essay’ Black Inc
  • Mission Impossible: The Sheikhs, the U.S. and the Future of Iraq by Paul McGeogh ‘Quarterly Essay’ Black Inc

The Village Roadshow Prize for Screen Writing

  • Revealing Gallipoli by Wain Fimeri ABC Television
  • Little Fish by Jacquelin Perske Porchlight FIlms
  • Look Both Ways by Sarah Watt Hibiscus Films

The Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer

  • I Hate Martin Amis et al by Peter Barry
  • ‘Days Like Television…Days Like Television’ and Other Stories by James Hawthorne
  • The Timeball Philosophers by Anita Punton

The Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Prize for Writing about Italians in Australia

  • Martino’s Story by Lyn Chatham Peter Bruno
  • Per l’Australia: The Story of Italian Migration by Julia Church The Miegunyah Press/Melbourne University Publishing
  • A Spoonful of Zucchero by Kate Taylor Little Red Apple Publishing

Barry Scott Awards Coordinator State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston St Melbourne 3000 03 8664 7277

16 September 2005

Haibun - new book by Graham Nunn

Haibun is a Japanese form of autobiographical poetic prose embedded with haiku. This new publication contains prize-winning haibun and haiku from the director of the Queensland Poetry Festival, Graham Nunn
New Collection of Haibun by Graham Nunn

Launch Date: Friday Sept 23.
MEASURING THE DEPTH – haiku and haibun by Graham Nunn
Published by Pardalote Press
Will be launched by Jacqueline Turner (inaugural Poet-in-Residence )
At The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Level 3, The office of the Poet-in-Residence,
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Time : 6:30pm for 7:00pm,
drinks and nibbles, raffles, live music and open readings during the night
for further information
email Graham at jennyandgraham@optusnet.com.au

15 September 2005

Castle of Duino International Poetry Competition, Italy

Rules of participation:
The competition is open to young people under 30 years of age.
The participation is free.
Participants have to send only one unpublished , never prized poem (maximum 50 lines).
The general theme of the Second Edition is “Water, Earth, Air, Fire”: Nature and its Elements in Perception, Phantasy, Memory, Myth, Symbolism.

14 September 2005

Some Tasmanian authors may want to go to this

D.I.Y. publishing seminar

While I don't advocate self-publishing, I accept that poets are often driven to embracing it, and this will be a good seminar: it's been held before and promises to cover all bases: Organised by the Society of Editors (Tas) INc.

There are a few places left, so come along and learn from the experts before you take the plunge into the world of self-publishing. Publishing professionals and experienced self-publishers will share their knowledge and answer your questions.

Topics include:
· Can you afford to publish your book?
· Preparing your manuscript
· Editing and design
· Printing costs and specifications
· Marketing and distribution

When: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 24 September 2005
Where: Room 405, Hytten Hall, University of Tasmania, French Street, Sandy
Bay --
Registrations need to be in by 16 September
Cost (including lunch):
Members of the Society of Editors (Tasmania): $80
Non-members: $100
Registration forms available from the
Society of Editors website or email Sheila.Allison [AT] utas.edu.au or phone: (03)
6226 7533.

Poetry and life

I think the focus of this blog has been too austerely focused on poetry per se, and if poetry is to get back into a state of having any kind of relevance to real life, then maybe it's time to widen the conversation and draw poetry into the wider arena of debate.

Australia and microcredit

It seems distasteful to talk of money and poetry in the same breath, but the two are closely related as most poets know one way or the other. Well did you now that 2005 is the International Year of Microcredit, and that Australia already has many examples of successful microfinance projects?

Microfinance is often associated with small loans programs in the developing world, but there is now a general interest in how banking and financial services can better serve the needs of low-income people. To mark this international year, the United Nations Association of Australia held a two-day international conference in Melbourne in late August, titled 'Towards an end to global poverty: Empowering communities and individuals through financial inclusion'.

A number of large private commercial banks and NGO’s in Australia have a significant involvement in lending to small and micro enterprises.

There must be some great ideas out there in poetry space that would benefit communities and that only require a bit of finance to get them up and running.

Source: conference web site

So they've sold Telstra ...

The slippery slope begins,
The slide, the grand slam, the sellout, the insidious sallies against good sense begins,

Why are we surprised.
Why are we not surprised.

I may as well start echoing old poems again ...
"Why did we bother to come all this way
if this can happen here ... "

12 September 2005

Moorilla gathering to remember the late author, Margaret Scott

On Sunday, over 200 people gathered at Moorilla estate on the outskirts of Hobart to celebrate the life of Margaret Scott, who died two weeks ago. The ABC online web site tells you more.

Also see The Tasmanian Times.

The full text of the launch by Lara Giddings of Margaret Scott's "A little more" during Ten Days on the Island on Wednesday, April 6, is online on the Tasmanian Times site.

11 September 2005

Poetry's good for the brain, Scottish scientists say

Research by Scottish scientists shows poetry is better for the brain than prose. The Scotsman reports: "Psychologists at Dundee and St Andrews universities claim that the work of poets such as Lord Byron exercise the mind more than a novel by Jane Austen.

"By monitoring the way different forms of text are read, they found poetry generated far more eye movement which is associated with deeper thought.

"Subjects were found to read poems slowly, concentrating and re-reading individual lines more than they did with prose.

"Preliminary studies using brain imaging technology also showed greater levels of cerebral activity when people listened to poems being read aloud."

Full report at: http://news.scotsman.com/arts.cfm?id=352752005

The Australian Young Poets Fellowships 2006

(from the Poets Union, in conjunction with the Australia Council)

First offered in 2002, the aim of these fellowships is to allow outstanding young poets opportunities to make their work known to the public, and to further their skills by working with experienced mentors. Recent mentors have included Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Peter Minter, Jordie Albiston and Judith Beveridge.

Two Fellowships will be awarded. The closing date for applications is 11 November 2005. The successful candidates will be notified later that month. Entrants must be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) on 31 December 2005.

Each Fellow will receive:

A six-month mentorship with an experienced poet, from January to July 2006. Wherever possible, a mentor will be selected from the same geographical region as the Fellow.

Publication in Five Bells, the national Poets Union journal of poetry and poetics.

Accommodation expenses and registration fees (worth $595 each), and travel assistance for the Wollongong Poetry Workshops, held 12-19 January 2006.

Publication of a 32-page chapbook of poems.

The opportunity to present work in Sydney during the Australian Poetry Festival.

Conditions of entry

Application for a Fellowship is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Australia, aged 18-30 (inclusive) on 31 December 2005. Members of the Poets Union Committee and their immediate families are ineligible.

Selection will be on the basis of a poetry manuscript of 150 lines or less. The manuscript may be a single long poem, or a selection of shorter ones. Shorter poems may be thematically related, but do not have to be. Name and contact details should appear on each page of the submission. Fellows will be chosen by experienced poets nominated by the Poets Union. The programme will be co-ordinated by Martin Langford.

Applicants may submit material which has been previously published, or which has won other awards.

The entry fee is $10. Multiple entires are permissible, at $10 for each entry. Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the Poets Union.

Manuscripts will not be returned: applicants should make sure that they keep copies of their work.

Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for notification of results.

Submissions must be received by the last post on Friday 11 November 2005.

Mail entries to:

The Australian Young Poets Fellowships
Poets Union Inc
PO Box 91
Balmain NSW 2041

Enquiries should be directed to the Poets Union on (02) 9818 5366, or email info@poetsunion.com

3 September 2005

selwyn pritchard

Saddened to learn Selwyn Pritchard, known to many of us in Tassie, passed away at the end of June. A lovely man ... his poetry perhaps epitomised by a few words of intro that appear on his website: "I want poems which don't distance themselves, hold aloof, poems about living against the background of collapsing democracy, religion, social life and the corporate greed which is ruining our world...Poems that matter! I try to write them if I can."

1 September 2005

IHOS Opera coming up - 'The Death of Thomas Chatterton'

Of interest to visitors to Tasmania, to writers seeking inspiration:

The Tasmanian Composer Collective is a new blog about this innovative group of musicians. It lets you know about forthcoming musical events and among them, I found this notice about an IHOS opera work composed by Matt Dewey coming up in mid-September: details below.

The Death of Thomas Chatterton

Dead at 17, Thomas Chatterton forged medieval poetry for a meager living. Yet he was eventually hailed as “the marvelous boy”, and enjoyed a posthumous career as a hero of the Romantic Movement, an unparalleled, archetypal and precocious genius. All it required was his death: a romantic suicide in a garret from an overdose of arsenic.

Except … maybe the forged poems were real. Possibly the poisoning was accidental overdose. And who actually wrote his poetical suicide note, the “Final Verses”?


Director: Robert Jarman
Duration: 45 mins
Venue: Hobart College Studio Theatre

Wednesday 14 September 8:00 pm
Thursday 15 September 8:00 pm
Friday 16 September 8:00 pm
Saturday 17 September 8:00 pm

Ticket prices:
Adults $15.00
Concession $10.00

Bookings: Ph: +61 3 6231 2219

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

Thanks to the Australian Writers Centre, here's a list of s hort story competitions to enter in 2019: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/...